Location: Clayton, NC
Career in early childhood: 4 years
Brittany, a teacher at Little Believer’s Academy in Clayton, NC, has worked in childcare for a few years. Like many childcare workers, Brittany makes too much for Medicaid, but not enough to buy private health insurance. She suffers from chronic back pain and back spasms, but is unable to pay for a doctor’s visit or treatment. She also wears contacts and has to save up to pay for eye exams and contact prescriptions. On top of her own health concerns, Brittany has a son whose doctors and teachers have concerns is autistic . She faces the financial pressure to cover the cost of his official diagnosis, which could cost as much as a month’s worth of her income.